Were Cain and Abel Twins?

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I have heard that Cain and Abel were twins. If this is true, how would I find this in the bible? Thank you.

Doreen

That’s an interesting question. The Bible doesn’t specifically say either way. Cain was born first, and Abel after…but Genesis 4:1-2 doesn’t tell us how long after: Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

The Hebrew word used in the text is YACAPH, which has more than one meaning. One meaning is ‘to do again’ and another is ‘to add’. It could be that Abel was born in a separate pregnancy, or that the one pregnancy had two births. Without more information from Scripture (which we don’t have), we simply don’t know.


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2 responses to “Were Cain and Abel Twins?”

  1. Doretha says:

    Cain and Abel really twins?

  2. Tony says:

    Did you read the article, Doretha? I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to say.

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